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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Family Photography | Brothers

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raphael and HaiQal Playing Together

I’ve been very busy lately, so even though I’ve thousand of a photograph to shared with you, hardly any of them made it into my blog. Yes, I do know there are others photographers who are hundred times busier than me but still manage to put few words or entry into their blog, to be honest with you, I really envy with them. Anyway this is among the latest photograph of my children taken just outside my house.

What attract me to take this photographs is not just to captured the moment they played together but because I like the late afternoon backlighting  that hit them. I’ve always love backlighting photography. They add a good separation between the subject and the background. The photograph above were taken with 50 mm prime lens, 1/250. f/2.8. It is just a smile picture but for me it is a memorable one especially for their childhood memory. Those little yellow Bumblebee Car, the Optimus Prime that HaiQal hold and the slippers that they wore, all have the story of their own.

Travel And Photography | The Making Of Bario Salt | Sarawak

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Lubang Garam Pa Umor is one of the best-known Bario salt springs.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Lubang Garam Pa Umor is one of the best-known Bario salt springs. The main salt spring at the hut where they source the water for the salt.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The spring water, containing brine from lubang Garam Pa Umor, is boiled for 24 hours before the salt is extracted. The Bario salt spring looks just like an ordinary spring. The only difference is the water from the spring is salty.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The salty water is boiled until all the water is evaporated, leaving the salt at the bottom of the “kawang” (big cooking utensil).

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The remaining water is completely dripped from the salt before it was put in bamboo pipes to be burnt in the fire. This is to harden the salt.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Once hardened, the salt is taken out by splitting the bamboo tubes which is later wrapped in big leaves to be kept in dry and safe places. The salt is used in cooking and also to preserve meat.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Bario Salt is wrapped in leaves and sold in this cylindrical form in the markets. You can buy it for MYR15 at the hut or around MYR 20 to MYR 40 outside Bario.

Just a quick update about my trip to Bario Sarawak on June 2014. Among the highlight of my trip which is organised by Department of Information Malaysia is to visit Lubang Garam Pa’ Umor to see for ourselves on how they make the famous Bario Salt. I’ve tried it and what I can say is that it is less salty that normal salt and I think it is good for our health furthermore, there is no extra ingredients other than the salt water itself, it is purely organic.

Bario is a small village located in the middle of the Kelabit Highlands in the north east side of Sarawak. It acts as the main settlement in the highlands. There are only around 800 souls living in Bario and they are mostly the Kelabit. The people there live in longhouses and speak their own native language. Many have learnt to speak Malay and English too. Kelabit Highlands and Bario is the best place to get away from the hustle city lifestyle. Most tourists visit the place to have a peace in mind and also because they fancy jungle trekking. Do note that there are no roads in that area and so, wearing the most comfortable sports shoes, preferably with rubber material is advised as there are slippery paths.

Photojournalism | Malaysia 57th Independence Day Celebrations | Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian King Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, center, inspects an honor guard during the 57th Independence Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, August 31st, 2014.

Malaysia 57th Independence Day | Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian Students During The 57th National Day Celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, August 31, 2014.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian Army Soldiers March During the 57th National Day Celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, August 31st, 2014.

azman - Kena berguru ni, macam mana nak dapatkan moment yg hebat macam ni.

Malaysia 57th Independence Day | Malaysia, Here Lies a Love | Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Mother And Daughter | Happy Malaysia 57th Independence Day

“I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self,  to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”

- Virginia Woolf -

I wish I can have much more beautiful settings, I mean taking a photograph of my children holding a Malaysian Flag while running towards a beautiful Mount Kinabalu or running across a stunning rice field or even silhouetted against a beautiful sunset at the beach. Anyway all of those imagination can only happen if I’ve more times, but I was so busy this past few month and the photograph above were taken around my house.

I use 50 mm lens for the photograph above and use aperture f/2 to throw the background out of focus. I did try to photograph my children together, HaiQal, Raphael and Arianna but could not get the moment that I want, it seems that they have their own mind already. Maybe too tired for a photo shoot after all this years  and I’m not surprise later on,  Arianna my little princess might get tired of me as well.

Sometimes we don’t have to travel far to get a great picture of our family, it can be taken anywhere, even inside our home but then it is good also to explore other places, to visit foreign countries because I believe only then that we will be able to fully appreciate our own country, yes our country may not be the best, a lot of improvement needs to be done, but same goes to other place as well. They might have some great infrastructure here and there but lacking in some other areas.

I’ve been traveling to one of the most develop country and also to among the poorest one and to be honest, the more I travel, the more I love my very own country. Maybe to some of you like to settle down to other country but for me, this is my “Home”, “Malaysia, Here Lies a Love” and Happy Malaysia 57th Independence Day.

Travel and Photography | Climb The Mountain So You Can See The World

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Once Upon a Time On Top of Mount Kinabalu | Sabah Malaysia North Borneo

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

- David McCullough Jr. -